Confession: I used to be impatient. I am a recovering impatient person. It was really bad. I wanted things done RIGHT NOW. Don’t get me wrong- I still slip into my old ways of demanding my family members hurry up & getting irritated when things don’t happen NOW, but I am WAY WAY more patient than I have ever been in my life. I realized that I learned these lessons in patience when I begin living a more natural life. I know you might be thinking- what the heck does living naturally have to do with being patient? My answer EVERYTHING. Read on.
I ditched toxic chemicals. This means that I make some of my own soaps/ cleaners etc. Is it easier to just pick up some soap & cleaner form the store? Why YES it is, but instead I carve out time to make my own. Once I finish making a product or even just adding essential oils to some castile soap I purchased- it feels good to know that I am taking the time to make a safe & non-toxic product that I can use on a daily basis. Then next month when I run out, I will take the time to make more. It connects me to my health. My health is my responsibility & even just a small step like this can make me feel empowered to know that I can take charge of my health- in this small way- if I just take the time to do so.
I began cooking food from scratch. When I cook food from scratch I know exactly whats in it. Is it easier to cut corners & buy food that is pre-made? YES it is, but instead I take time to shop, prepare & cook things from scratch as much as possible. Is this a big pain in my ass? YES- sometimes it is, but the patient way is not always the easiest. Another lesson in patience + food is seasonal eating. When you eat seasonally, you are eating what is fresh and meant to be consumed at that time of the year. Seasonal food tastes amazing! If you are eating foods that are not in season- then they are likely covered in chemicals and not very fresh. Waiting for your favorites to be back in season takes patience for sure.
I started doing yoga. If you have never tried yoga then I know exactly what you are thinking: skip ahead blah blah blah. I get it. I too once thought of yoga as a bunch of stretching & fluff. Something I had NO time for. I attended my first yoga class 10 or so years ago & hated how SLOW it was. I couldn’t stop the chatter in my mind during the whole class- thinking of what I should be doing instead and I how I should be going faster. I wasn’t very flexible at the time- so I wasn’t “good” at yoga. I quit. Who has time to do things that you are not good at? Certainly NOT the impatient me. Fast forward a few years. I felt called to do a yoga teacher training last year. I followed the call & entered into the training not having done much yoga at all since the time I quit about 10 years ago. Now let me just tell you- everyone in my training was very experienced. I panicked the first day. How can I teach something I can’t do? The answer PATIENCE. When everyone else was looking ‘perfect’- I was bending my knees. I modified the postures. This was very hard for me to do because the impatient me wanted to be able to do it NOW & initially wanted to just rush into trying the posture. However, I didn’t. Throughout the entire training I remained a ‘beginner’ and was SO overwhelmed with the AMAZING transformation I was able to make. I vowed to stay this beginner (learning nothing beyond what the training was teaching me) so that I could experience exactly what it felt like to be that new yoga student. The fear, the frustration, the impatience, the doubt, the confusion, the trust. It was exactly what I needed to go through to become the yoga teacher I am today. I needed to slow down. I needed to be patient with my body. Yoga taught me all that. Yoga continues to teach me valuable lessons in patience. Trying certain postures for months without success can be frustrating, but the old impatient me would have given up by now. In addition, I have learned lessons in patience through my students. Gently correcting their form & encouraging them to SLOW DOWN. To keep trying & stay patient. Even helping them work through some pretty serious injuries and health issues- patience is always the answer.
I started using essential oils. I admit, I was skeptical about trying the oils after reading all the claims & testimonies- it sounded too good to be true. The first time my son had a fever, I applied the peppermint oil to the bottoms of his feet and neck. The fever cam down a bit, but hovered right around 100 degrees. The impatient part of me wanted to reach for the tylenol to ‘knock the fever right out’- but because living naturally means exercising trust in the human body- I didn’t. Because the oils are natural and work with your body’s natural ability – the peppermint won’t take the fever completely away. Why? Because the fever is your body’s way of naturally fighting off whatever virus etc that has invaded. Peppermint essential oil will bring the fever down a bit, but will NOT eliminate it completely like Tylenol would. If you eliminate the fever then you just prolong the process. Your body needs the fever to heal itself. This is where the patience comes in. Breathe and trust that the body knows what to do and the less toxins/chemicals you put in it’s way- the better! This has been a serious lesson in patience for me.
We are living in a ‘NOW’ world. A world full of fast food and smart phones. We expect everything to be available to us NOW and that we should instantly be good at everything we try to do. What we really need to do? SLOW DOWN. Stop to love yourself just as you are. Take pride in being a beginner. Imagine yourself as a child and allow yourself to learn new things this way. Put down your phone. Give yourself a hug. Oh and….
EAT MORE KALE. DO MORE YOGA.